International Education from a Saudi Perspective: Taif University and its best practice guide

Dr Salih Alzahrani1, Dr Hatim Alqurashi2

1Taif University, Taif , Saudi Arabia , 2Taif University , Taif , Saudi Arabia

International education becomes the core in many countries all over the world. It has shown to contain multiple dimensions and sectors, which need to be directed to a controlled and supervised channel in order to have the real best practice. This practice should go through quality planning, quality assurance, quality control and quality improvement. Taif University (Saudi Arabia) started receiving international students from January 2019. It has been proven that Taif University has achieved a reasonable score in the annual reports based on the quality and assurance committee’s report. This success relies on the practice and the preparation which accomplished before starting the program utilizing both local and international models with relation to Arabic language teaching as a second language and assessments. This paper describes the practice which Taif University applies taking into account the Saudi environment and the cultural challenges which may appear. It is designed based on various levels. It contains pre-arrival information, upon arrival needs, during studies support and after studies guide. This practice has been reviewed by committees (both internal and external) and has been approved by Minister of Education and the President of Taif University.  The two main noticed areas, which received a recognizable welcome by stake-holders in Saudi Arabia, are Arabic institution in Taif University and the international scholarship’s office. These two departments are considered to provide the best practices in the final annual reports by TU with comparison with other education providers in Saudi Arabia.  This paper may contribute to best practice and evidence-based learning and teaching support strategies.


Salih Alzahrani is a current professor working for Taif University. Mr. Salih has achieved his BA in Umm AlQura University in Saudi Arabia and has received his high education (MA studies and PhD studies) in Australia. Also, he has completed International Leadership Program (iLead – a two-year certified Diploma) at University of Newcastle in 2014. Salih has started his work life as a teacher of English as a second language and held many position in Ministry of Education before starting his new position in Taif University. Now, Salih is appointed to be the head of Arabic for non-native speakes’ Unit. During his study in Australia, Salih served international students in Australia being elected to work for many associations such as SSAUQ, SSAAN, NUSA AND CISA. He has participated in many workshops and conferences related to international Education such as CISA conferences and ISANA conferences, NEAS conferences and AIEC conference.


ISANA International Education Association is the representative body for professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in international student services, advocacy, teaching and policy development in international education. For more information, please visit the ISANA website.

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